Minnesota Environmental Congress 2013
March 15, 2013 -- Ramada Inn, Bloomington
What is the Environmental Congress?
- The Environmental Congress on March 15 will be a working session, where recognized experts and community leaders will:
- Lead a dialogue to help participants synthesize citizen input gathered at Citizen Forums and online (see Citizen Input below) and...
- Develop priorities to recommend to the Environmental Quality Board (EQB)
- These recommendations will help guide the EQB and Dayton Administration to create short-term action steps and set long-term goals for the future.
A broad cross section of experts, community leaders, and stakeholders will be asked to participate in the Congress
- Interested members of the public will be welcome to register as space allows. Registration will open in the first week of March.
- Representatives from environmental, conservation, and agricultural organizations, chambers of commerce, scientists and other experts, representatives from all levels of government, tribal leaders, as well as leaders from the business, student, and faith communities will be invited to attend.
Minnesota Environment and Energy Report Card
- The MN Environment and Energy Report Card 2012 [PDF] provides a baseline for how Minnesota is currently performing in the areas of water, land, air, energy, and climate.
- In accordance with Executive Order 11-32, this is the first of an annual Report Card. All of the comments received regarding the 2012 Report Card will be carefully considered as the next edition is prepared.
- The EQB kicked off the Environmental Congress with Citizen Forums around the state in November and December of 2012, in order to engage Minnesotans in constructive public dialogue about our state’s environmental and economic health.
- Citizen input gathered through the Environmental Congress Citizen Forums, comment cards, and an online Citizen Forum will be the starting point for the day’s conversations on March 15.
- On November 16, 2011, Governor Mark Dayton signed Executive Order 11-32, directing the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to host an Environmental Congress.
- The EQB brings together the Governor’s Office (as chair), five citizens and the heads of nine state agencies that play a vital role in Minnesota’s environment and development. Learn more here.
- Minnesota law directs the EQB to host an annual Environmental Congress. Read MN Statute Ch. 116C Sec. 04 to learn more about the statutory role of the EQB.
Why is the Environmental Congress Important?
|Quality of Life
Quality of life is directly linked to environmental quality and economic prosperity
|Better Government for a
Improving the speed, efficiency, and quality of state government to provide better service for Minnesota citizens, businesses, and communities
|Your Voice Matters
Each Minnesotan has a shared interest and responsibility to participate in this important conversation; this is our state and our future – every voice matters
- November 27 – Rochester, Wood Lake Meeting Center [9:30am – 12:00pm]
- November 27 – Bloomington, Normandale Community College [6:30pm – 9:00pm]
- November 28 – Duluth, Lake Superior College [5:30pm – 8:00pm]
- December 10 – Worthington, Worthington High School [3:30pm – 6:00pm]
- December 12 – St. Cloud, St. Cloud State University, Atwood Memorial Center [5:30pm – 8:00pm]
- December 14 – Moorhead, Minnesota State University [3:00pm – 5:30pm]